Sustainability Is Top of Mind for the World’s Leading Architects

The finalists have been announced for the annual A+Awards in architecture, which returns for its twelfth year.

“Rethinking what architecture can be” is the theme for this year’s A+Awards, with a focus on projects that reuse and renovate. The result is an array of architectural feats emphasizing sustainable practices and a strong effort by the world’s leading architects to reduce carbon emissions through innovative design.

Architizer narrowed down 5,000 entries from 80 countries to 624 finalists—each creatively addressing the challenges with climate change and technology. Notable designs included reimagining the project’s environment, construction, and materials—environmental regeneration, for example.

“I was impressed by the number of architects incorporating nature into their designs,” says Wandile Mthiyane, founder of Ubuntu Design Group and A+Awards judge. “We require buildings that serve more than mere functions of living, working, or schooling. We need structures that actively contribute to our mental and physical well-being.”


Photo by Helena House


Barcelona House by Ström Architects (Finalist, Large Private House)




Photo by Joe Fletcher


Madrone Ridge by Field Architecture (Finalist, Large Private House)




Photo by Manolo R. Solis

Casa Lohr by Veinte Diezz Arquitectos (Finalist, Residential Renovations & Additions)




Photo by Vincent Wu

Haitang River Ecological Park by Waterfrom Design (Finalist, Pavilions)




Photo by Egemen Karakaya

Seddülbahir Fortress by KOOP Architects (Finalist, Museums)




Photo by Xiazhi Picture

Huizhong Starry Center by SUP Atelier of THAD (Finalist, Architecture + Color)




Photo by Jin Weiqi


Prepared Rehmannia Root Crafts Exhibition Hall by LUO Studio (Finalist, Cultural & Expo Centers)



Photo by Adam Mørk

Skamlingsbanken Visitor Centre by CEBRA (Finalist, Cultural & Expo Centers)




Photo by Ossip van Duivanbode


The Pyramid of Tirana by MVRDV (Finalist, Architecture + Adaptive Reuse)




Photo by Stam + De Koning Bouw

Trudo Vertical Forest by Stefano Boeri Architetti (Finalist, Sustainable Multi-Unit Housing)




Photo by Studio Millspace


Taisugar Circular Village by Bio-architecture Formosana (Finalist, Sustainable Multi-Unit Housing)




Photo by Aogvision


Jiaxing Train Station by MAD Architects (Finalist, Sustainable Transportation Project)




Photo by Younes Bounhar


Canvas House by Partisans (Finalist, Architecture +Facades)




Photo by Qingyan Zhu

Twisted Brick Shell Concept Library by HCCH Studio (Finalist, Architecture +Brick)




Photo by Glen Gery

The Grand Mulberry by Morris Adjmi Architects (Finalist, Architecture +Facades)